Home' A Plus Magazine : August 2013 Contents Where to eat
Calliope Adventurous French cuisine
opened last year. 84 East Fourth Street,
Manhattan (East Village). (212) 260-8484.
• Katz’s Delicatessen Pastrami
sandwiches with the stars. 205 East
Houston Street, Manhattan (SoHo).
• La Fusta Ultimate Argentinian barbecue
joint. 80 -32 Baxter Avenue, Queens
(Elmhurst.) (718) 429-8222.
Peter Luger Steak House Red meat
paradise. 178 Broadway, Brooklyn
(Williamsburg). (718) 387-7400.
Sylvia’s Restaurant The acme of soul
food. 328 Malcolm X Boulevard,
Manhattan (Harlem). (212) 996-0660 .
Where to stay
• Harlem Flophouse Budget accommo-
dation in funky area. 242 West 123rd
Street, Manhattan (Harlem).
• Lefferts Manor Bed and Breakfast
Country charm in urban setting.
80 Rutland Road, Brooklyn (Prospect
Park). (347) 351-9065.
• Mandarin Oriental, New York
Hong Kong icon with an American
twist. 80 Columbus Circle, Manhattan
(Central Park). (212) 805-8800 .
• The Peninsula New York Luxury in
the heart of the city. 700 Fifth Avenue,
Manhattan (Midtown). (212) 956-2888.
• W New YorkDowntown One of
several in the city. 123 Washington
Street, Manhattan (Financial District).
What to see
Bronx ZooStill one of the world’s
best. 2300 Southern Boulevard, Bronx
(Bronx Park). (718) 367-1010.
• TheCloisters Medieval treasures.
99 Margaret Corbin Drive, Manhattan
(Washington Heights). (212) 923-3700.
• Empire State Building Visit the
observation deck. 350 Fifth Avenue,
Manhattan (Midtown). (212) 535-7710.
Staten Island Ferry Commuter ferry
with great vistas. 1 Bay Street, Staten
Island (St. George). (718) 876-8441.
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Further north are the neighbourhoods of
SoHo and Little Italy with their restaurants,
clubs and designer boutiques. Greenwich Vil-
lage, also known as the West Village, is surpris-
ingly leafy and features legendary jazz venues
such as The Blue Note and the Village Vanguard.
Chelsea, north of the Village, is a popular
area for art galleries, while the nearby former
Meatpacking District, also near the Hudson
River, is home to glitzy hotels and upmarket bars
Trekking further north via the green oases
of Washington Square Park – with its skate-
boarding New York University students and
itinerant chess players, and Union Square, with
its farmers’ market – are the blocks and blocks
of skyscrapers that symbolize the Manhattan
Midtown Manhattan tends to empty early
in the evening, apart from the popular Times
Square area near Broadway and West 42nd
Street. Plays, musicals, comedies and perfor-
mance art vie for attention. Visitors should look
into obtaining cheaper tickets from discounters
such as TKTS.
In summer, with its long light evenings,
v isitors should venture into Central Park,
the vibrant, pulsating lungs of the metropo-
lis. Attractions include the Central Park Zoo,
the Reser voir, the Loeb Boathouse, the Great
Lawn, fountains and dozens of trails.
The east side of the park fronts onto Fifth
Avenue and its famous Museum Mile extend-
ing from East 82nd Street to East 110th Street:
buildings on the stretch include the Museum for
African A rt, which opened only last year, as well
as The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Solomon R.
Guggenheim Museum and the Museum of the
City of New York.
The outer boroughs tend to be more residen-
tial but each can enchant visitors. The Bronx is
home to New York’s finest zoo and Yankee Sta-
dium. Brooklyn is now the trendiest borough,
with hip restaurants, hot boutiques and arti-
sanal groceries centred on the Williamsburg
American cuisine may be well-known
around the world but New York has a few spe-
cialties: try pierogis (dumplings) and borscht
(soup) on the Lower East Side, cannoli (a creamy
dessert snack) in Little Italy, fried clams in
Sheepshead Bay and an egg cream (a drink
which contains neither) in Brooklyn.
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